Day 3 and Prime Minister Stephen Harper Did Know Of The 90k Cheque
According to today's Hill Times article, Prime Minister Stephen Harper did know about the 90k cheque that his Chief of Staff Nigel Wright had given to Senator Mike Duffy. According to Duffy's lawyer, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, wrote a cheque for $90,000 to pay off suspended Senator Mike Duffy's expense claims after allegations he illegitimately claimed his P.E.I. summer home as a primary residence, and will testify at a criminal trial over the affair that Mr. Harper "gave the go-ahead" for a PMO scheme pressuring Sen. Duffy into an admission he broke Senate rules. Prominent Ottawa defense lawyer Donald Bayne furthermore told Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt that former chief of staff Nigel Wright will testify he told Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) he believed Sen. Duffy "may have been legally entitled" to claim travel status housing and meal expenses in Ottawa after he designated his ocean-side summer home at Cavendish, P.E.I., as his principal residence. Mr. Harper on NewsTalk 1010 host John Tory in 2013; The Prime Minister also took an unprecedented shot at his former chief of staff Nigel Wright, saying he "should" have told him about cutting a $90,000 personal cheque to Mike Duffy to allow the PEI senator to pay off a suite of questionable expense claims. "Obviously, I didn't know, and obviously had I known, I would have told Mr. Wright not to take these actions," said Mr. Harper, adding "I think I had every right to know."